Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fun Friday Feast

It's getting to be that time of year again.  Time for soup, chili, fires, electric blankets, afternoon movies, and cold weather.  Today's feast is perfect for the fall- Brian's Famous Chili. So as not to give away all of his secrets, I am actually posting the recipe for Paula Deen's Taco Soup.  I have made this soup before, and it is very good and very hearty.   It reminds more of chili than soup, and Brian's recipe contains many of the same ingredients and is prepared in the same manner.

This is a crock pot recipe, so you can throw it together before work and enjoy the evening without having to worry about cooking up a big meal.

2 pounds ground beef
2 cups diced onions
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pink kidney beans
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles
2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans diced green chiles
1 (4.6-ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced, optional
1/2 cup green olives, sliced, optional
1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix

Corn chips, for serving
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated cheese, for garnish
Chopped green onions, for garnish
Pickled jalapenos, for garnish

Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker or a stockpot.

Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, black olives, green olives, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours or simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove.

To serve, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with sour cream, cheese, green onions and jalapenos.

For you really observant readers, you can look at the first picture and figure out the ingredients I used to make Brian's Famous Chili.  I do, however, heavily encourage you to make Paula Deen's Taco Soup- it's a delicious meal to be enojyed on a cold Sunday watching a great game of football.  Add in some jalapeno cornbread and you've got an awesome meal.


  1. Chili-fest will be a success this year!

  2. That looks absolutely delicious.

  3. OK I'm going to copy you guys and cook up some chili tonight. Good work on making my tongue water.